Barry van Iderstein Is New Director of Adventurer, Children’s, and Family Ministries

ConferencesNorthern CaliforniaBarry van Iderstein Is New Director of Adventurer, Children’s, and Family Ministries

On Sept. 1, the NCC Executive Committee voted to invite Barry van Iderstein to serve as director of Adventurer ministries, children’s ministries, and family ministries. He began his new position on Nov. 1. “With his strong background in educating young children and his passion for ministry and service, we are excited to have Barry take on this new role,” said President Marc Woodson.

Barry van Iderstein, NCC director of Adventurer, children’s, and family ministries, enjoys an outing with his wife, Joana, and their two youngest children.

Since 2006, van Iderstein has served as the assistant to the NCC superintendent of schools. “For the past 15 years, as I’ve been helping educators reach thousands of kids for Jesus, I realized that I enjoy planning events, conducting trainings, and providing other ministry support,” he said. “I’ll miss working with the teachers and principals, but I know that they are in good hands with the NCC education team.”

Before coming to the conference office, van Iderstein was a teacher. Over the course of 15 years, he taught every grade level from 1 to 12, serving at White Memorial Adventist School in Los Angeles, Hilltop Christian School in Antioch, and Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy, where he also worked as the registrar. “I see this new job as an opportunity to take all the skills I’ve learned from my previous career and put them all into one role,” he said.

Van Iderstein holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Master of Arts in education from Pacific Union College. He also spent a year studying at the Adventist college in Sagunto, Spain. Fluent in Spanish, he has worked as a Spanish teacher, preached in Spanish, and translated for evangelistic campaigns in many countries.

He looks forward to working with parents, grandparents, and others who want to share their faith with the next generation. “We need to be intentional about all aspects of our children’s spiritual lives,” he said. “Everything we do should be intentionally supportive, helpful, kind, and educational—as we all grow together.”

His own family has benefited from NCC programs for children and youth. “I have three sons in their 20s, as well as a nine-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter, so I have participated in many Adventurer, Pathfinder, Sabbath School, and Vacation Bible School activities over several decades,” said van Iderstein. “I look forward to helping families share their spiritual journey with their own children and others.”
By Julie Lorenz

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